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Fight diabetes and high cholesterol with drumstick leaves

If you are diabetic or are at risk of heart disease, include drumstick leaves in your diet without fail!

Read this in Hindi.

Drumstick leaves render a unique taste and flavour to curries and dals/sambhars, and it is the reason why these dark green leafy vegetables are an integral part of South Indian cuisine. But what s interesting is the fact that just like a drumstick, these leaves are also packed with antioxidants and other essential nutrients which help you keep your blood sugar and cholesterol under control.

How does it help?

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According to a study published in the Journal European review for medical and pharmacological sciences, leaf extract of moringa oleifera (drumstick leaves), have a significant effect on the inhibition of enzymes, alpha-glucosidase and pancreatic alpha-amylase, which increase when a person suffers from diabetes [1]. In addition to the anti-hyperglycemia activity, these leaves improve glucose tolerance and hence, play a key role in controlling the rapid surges in your blood glucose level. Also, there was a significant reduction in the nitric acid and serum glucose and an increase in the serum insulin and protein levels, further improving your blood glucose control.

Moreover, drumstick leaves not only inhibit cholesterol micellisation (aggregation) but also the activity of enzymes, which help in the synthesis of cholesterol. These leaves also reduce the total cholesterol and triglyceride levels and also prevent absorption of cholesterol in intestine, thereby maintaining cholesterol levels within control. Also, the presence of phytochemicals and antioxidants lower your risk of atherosclerosis, hypertension and other diseases caused due to excess blood glucose and cholesterol level in the body [2].

How to use drumstick leaves

You can add drumstick leaves to dals and curries along with other vegetables. Even adding these leaves to wheat flours to make parathas is not a bad idea. Here's a diet plan diabetics can use for better blood sugar control.

References

  1. Adisakwattana S, Chanathong B. Alpha-glucosidase inhibitory activity and lipid-lowering mechanisms of Moringa oleifera leaf extract. Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci. 2011 Jul;15(7):803-8. PubMed PMID: 21780550.
  2. Ramalingum N, Mahomoodally MF. The Therapeutic Potential of Medicinal Foods. Advances in Pharmacological Sciences. 2014;2014:354264. doi:10.1155/2014/354264.

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